Parliament’s Presiding Officers have expressed condolences at the passing of former minister Pik Botha who died in Pretoria, aged 86, on Thursday night.
In a statement, Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise said they had learned of his death on Friday morning.
“Following his long service in the apartheid state, notably as Minister and Member of Parliament, Mr Botha was appointed as the Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs by President Nelson Mandela in 1994, a position he held until 1996 when he retired from active politics.
“He was amongst apartheid-era leaders who led mindset change amongst proponents of apartheid to accept the inevitability of change and played part in the transition to the new South Africa.”
The Presiding Officers extended their condolences on behalf of Parliament to the Botha family and relatives.